If your hobby is photography or even if you just like taken lots of pictures you could make money by selling your images online.
Building a website and sharing your images online could be a great way of making money from doing something you are good at and love.
Selling your Images
If you are a person that just keeps taking pictures when you are out and about or as a hobby why not try and turn your passion into an income stream.
There are millions of online users across the globe that search daily for images they can use on their own sites and use in their work.
A lot of people will pay a fee for the download and the unrestricted use of images.
There are a lot of sites that offer the use of images for free and then rely on making an income through other avenues such as:
- Google AdSense
- Google AdWords
- Affiliate Links
- Reviewing products
There are many ways to make money from a site that you may own.
What is required
You are going to need a supply of images and to be constantly adding to your catalogue of images.
You are definitely going to have your own website.
You will have to be build up traffic to your site and get your site in front of publishers and web developers.
You may need to get some guidance and training if you are going to get online yourself or you may choose to pay get a 3rd party to build your site.
Building a website is not difficult and there is plenty of tuition and guidance available.
Take a look at my page ‘How to Build a website’
Putting a website together is not as hard as you may think and need not be expensive, in fact you can get online in minutes with no financial outlay.
There is full training available for free and I highly recommend you take advantage of this regardless the way you set up your business.
The training I am recommending will take you step by step through the building of your site but also how to get visitors to your site and how to start making money.
Watch this video to get a taster of the lessons available.
The subject of getting people to your site is so vast that there are numerous books and DVD on the subject.
You can pay companies to get send visitors to your site and this can be very effective while but when starting out you will want to keep costs down so you will want to get free traffic.
The basic ways of getting free traffic are:
- Keeping adding content to your site on a regular basis
- Share your site on social media
- Join in on forums on your area of expertise
- Read and comment on competitors online postings
- Join Facebook groups and get involved
- Set up a page for your business
- Join in with others on Twitter
- Use Instagram and display your images
I am sure you get the theme and can think of other ways to get your name out there.
You may choose to charge a fee for the download and use of some of your images or all of your images.
You may decide that your images can be downloaded for free and you will make money the other avenues already mentioned.
Either way you will need to be patient because it may take time to get you first commission, you could get luck and start getting money in soon after starting but this is not common.
In the beginning your time will be spent building up trust and loyalty with your market. So do not expect to get paid for the first few months because it normally takes that long and this is no different to any new business when starting out, it takes time to build a client base.
What have you got to lose
All you have to lose is your time but are you really losing that?
This would be time spent on your photography hobby anyway and all you would be doing is using it a little differently but still productively and rewarding.
If it is not going to cost you any money in the start and you are going to learn some great stuff along the way, I cannot find a reason why you should not start.
I would really appreciate your comments on this article and any others on my site.
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